Renault is converting Belle-Île-en-Mer to a smart island
The Atlantic island of Belle-Île-en-Mer will be converted to a smart island by Renault, alongside partners Morbihan Energies, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis to be the first French smart island. A similar project was already kicked off on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo by Renault, as well.
Hertz offers 45 EVs on Mallorca
The Hertz car rental agency has added to their “Green Collection” on Mallorca, expanding their EV fleet based at the airport to a total of 45 EVs. Another expansion is set to follow in the coming months.
Renault to debut new Zoe this year in Paris?
Renault appears to be happy on their home market, where rumours of a new and bigger Zoe are getting louder. The 2019 Zoe could see the spotlight at this year’s Auto Salon in Paris already and speculations speak of new cells from CATL and charging with CCS.
Renault enables termination of battery lease
Renault electric vehicle owners holding a lease for the battery of their Zoe or even Twizy may now end their contract and buy (or resell) the power pack instead. The move follows the option to buy batteries of Renault EVs that had been open for new owners and now applies retroactively.
Renault opens concept store in Berlin
Renault has now opened a concept store for electric vehicles in Berlin. The 145 square meter Electric Vehicle Experience Center of the Renault subsidiary König is the second of its kind in Europe.
Renault invests €1 billion in electric mobility
Renault has announced their plan to invest about 1 billion euros into the expansion of development and production of electrified vehicles in France. Specifically, the manufacturer is planning to develop a new alliance platform for electric vehicles in the Douai factory.
Electric car sales in France recovered in April
After 2018 showed a slight declined in plug-in sales in France compared to a record-setting 2017, the trend is pointing upwards again. All plug-in car segments increased, some by more than 40 percent in April with Avere having the exact data.
Renault and Ikea introduce car-sharing concept in France
Renault is starting a cooperation with Ikea in France to provide a car-sharing service, and is providing about 300 commercial and utility vehicles, including some EVs. The service is set to be introduced by September to eventually include all French Ikea franchises.
Uber Green launches with Renault Zoe in Bucharest
Ride hailing app provider Uber has launched its EV-only suite in Romania’s capital. 20 Renault Zoe have become available to book in cooperation with charging infrastructure firm ElDrive. The service is available in selected European capitals.
Renault announces new ride sharing concept (video)
Renault announced their plan to unveil a new concept car in Geneva, that the French say will represent their vision for the future of “shared urban mobility”. It is expected that it will be an electric model with some level of autonomy and pictures reveal a futuristic body.
Renault and EEM launch “Smart Island” project
Renault and EEM launched the ‘Smart Island’ project, that will give EV batteries a sweet second life on the Madeira archipelago. The French manufacturer is cooperating with utility Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira to convert Porto Santo island into a smart grid. On a small scale first.
Electric cars got a delivery problem across the board
Mayor carmakers are experiencing problems to deliver their few electric car models to a fast growing customer base. In some houses, wait times are up to a year for both domestic producers and suppliers as well as importers in Germany, a new survey reveals.
Renault opening EV Concept Store
The announced opening of the Renault Concept Store for electric vehicles is finally becoming reality: Tomorrow the showroom will open its doors for the first time in Stockholms biggest shopping mall, the Täby Centrum.
Mercedes, Germany, Zoe, Opel, Peugeot.
Daimler’s electric revolution begins in Paris, where Mercedes has got its new sub-label EQ (Electric Intelligence) on display. Ten all-electric models are lined up until 2025, which cover all segments from compact to luxury. Daimler aims for every fifth sold car to be electric by then. Generation EQ is a concept, due for market entry by 2019. The electric SUV is driven by two electric motors. A modular battery system delivers up to 70 kWh, enough for about 500 km of range.
autocar.co.uk, carscoops.com, daimler.com
No more ICE: Germany’s Green party wants to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from registration in the country comes 2030. The proposal will be discussed at the party meeting in Münster this November.
welt.de (in German)
Renault update: The French presented the 400 km range Zoe in Paris as expected. It will indeed be available to order already from October, 1. Battery rent will hitherto not be limited by kilometres anymore. Also, the new power package can be retrofitted.
It is official: The Chevy Bolt will reach Europe as Opel Ampera-e. In Paris, it was presented as having a range over 500 km according to NEDC testing. Market entry is set for the first half of 2017.
carscoops.com, youtube.com, opel.com
Peugeot does it electrically: Three PHEV and two EV are due in 2021, Jean-Philippe Imparato, head of the Peugeot brand told Autocar. The 3008, 5008 and 508 will be partially electrified, while both the 208 and 2008 will be fully electric. None could be seen in Paris.